Philobota arabella (Newman, 1856)
(previously known as Oecophora arabella)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Wendy Moore & Stella Crossley

Philobota arabella     Philobota arabella
(Photos: courtesy of Wendy Moore, Melbourne, Victoria)

These Caterpillars are thought to feed on dead leaves, especially of

  • Gum trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    Philobota arabella
    drawing by Edward Newman and G.H. Ford, listed as Oecophora arabella
    ,
    Characters of a few Australian Lepidoptera, Collected by Mr. Thomas R. Oxley,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    New Series, Volume 3 (1856), Plate XVIII, fig. 4,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The adult moth has orange forewings which have a broad brown hairy margin. The hindwings are brown. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms. The moths are found typically in September and October.

    Philobota arabella
    (Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)

    The species is found in dry grassy native woodlands in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further Reading:

    Ian F. B. Common,
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia II: The Chezala, Philobota and Eulechria groups (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 5,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1997, pp. 262-264, 268, 277, 286.

    Edward Newman,
    Characters of a few Australian Lepidoptera, Collected by Mr. Thomas R. Oxley,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    New Series, Volume III, Number 8 (1856), p. 296, and also Plate 18, fig. 4.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 18 May 2014)